I feel so ridiculous posting this, but my period is late (so far 4 days), and I have taken two tests which both were negative. I am having VERY light spotting, and I just feel tired and kind of nauseous (which may be all in my head). I am 35, in a serious relationship, and we are open to children, though not actively trying (meaning sometimes we use BC and sometimes we don't). I am ALWAYS on time with my period (there's an app for that), and this has never happened to me.
I did take the two tests during the day, and I followed the instructions both times. I am fine either way, if it comes or doesn't. My question is: When do I stop giving into paranoia and go see a doctor.
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The symptoms (light spotting, delayed periods, increased tiredness, nausea) could suggest chances of pregnancy. If the symptoms have been persistent, you should consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). The urine pregnancy tests done very early in pregnancy can show you false negative results as the kits are calibrated ones, so unless the hormone levels in urine reach a certain level, they do not show positive results. The test should always be done on early morning first urine sample to get accurate results (pregnancy hormone HCG is believed to be in highest concentration in this sample, and you should avoid lot of fluid intake and caffeinated beverages in the night before taking the test). Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Take adequate rest. Drink plenty of water. Maintain healthy diet.
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